Alleged drug dealer in jail, co-offender convicted

A COLAC man charged with trafficking the drug “ice”, possessing proceeds of crime and illegal ammunition possession is in custody until Friday when he faces a bail hearing.

Police arrested the man after searching an Armstrong Street home on August 20, along with three other men, and he was to appear at Colac Magistrate’s Court this week to face charges relating to the raid, which involved uniform police, detectives and the dog squad.

But the man breached bail conditions, with a warrant issued for his arrest, and police took him into custody Monday at Geelong Magistrate’s Court with a bail hearing scheduled for Friday.

A second Colac man, who was also at the Armstrong Street home when police executed the search warrant, pleaded guilty to possessing methylamphetamine or ice at Colac Magistrate’s Court.

Police prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Bell said the 24-year-old man was one of four men found at the address, where police seized a black zip-up case with electronic scales, deal bags containing ice, an ice pipe, and notes with amounts of money written on them on a table, along with cash and “other drug paraphernalia” in the house.

Sen Const Bell said all four men denied possession of the case but the 24-year-old man told police he had arrived the night before and had used ice which he had brought with him.

The man’s lawyer Tony Prytz said the man, who appeared at court in a wheelchair, had been in a serious car crash not long after the police raid which had been a “life-changing event”.

Mr Prytz said the man was drug-free, had family support and had disassociated himself from the men who were at the house.

Magistrate Ann McGarvie told the offender ice use was “a very serious crime and a very serious concern the whole of Australia is dealing with”.

Ms McGarvie convicted the 24-year-old man and ordered him to pay a $300 fine and serve a 12-month community corrections order.

A third man found at the house sought an adjournment and will face Colac Magistrate’s Court on November 2.

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